Memorial Day: Kicking off the Summer

Memorial Day is right around the corner! Bring on the 3-day weekend filled with however you feel like kicking off YOUR summer. Whether it be relaxing in a new lawn chair on the porch, grilling burgers in the backyard surrounded by friends and family, or taking a hike with your furry, four-legged friend, make sure you have your favorite microbrew in tow. I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to do on summer nights is sit around a camp fire laughing about the days adventures while enjoying a nice cold beer.
So, what’s your brew of choice?!

Picture this: You finally have a day off, you have nothing on your planner for the day, and all you want to do is relax on your porch and enjoy the day. My guess is, you’ll need to grab a clean, refreshing beer like our 1020 Pale Ale or a Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co. Both of these brews are crisp and insanely refreshing, perfect for tipping a few back while nibbling on some cheddar cheese and crackers. Remember, this day off is about YOU, so enjoy the time you have with a chair and a craft beer. You can never go wrong with a combination like that!

Beer and Smoke

Now that you have a new grill, you can’t wait to try it out! Invite some friends and family over for some burgers and beer, because I have the perfect pairing that everyone will love. Our Red Banshee Red Ale combination of caramel malts and Willamette hops pairs perfectly with a juicy burger made fresh by you. Just make sure you invite me so I can have some too! Your guests will love its striking red hue and the earthy-pine flavor combined with a smooth finish will have them begging for another.

Lucky us, we are located in one of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the U.S.! With this in mind, we wanted to make sure our hiking enthusiasts had a beer they would love almost as much as they love hiking. This is where the Rocky Mountain IPA comes along. Our IPA is the perfect brew to grab a growler of and enjoy while hitting the trails. The earthy and dry bitterness of the beer alongside its floral, pine, grapefruit, and orange aroma and flavor will let their mind float back to the trail’s adventures.
Even though Colorado is in a bit of a wet spell, you can always enjoy a wide range of stouts like our Chocolate Stout or Left Hand Brewery’s Milk Stout to snuggle up with! The dark chocolate and coffee roasted flavor combined with the smooth and velvety feel in your mouth is a perfect craft beer to pair with that double chocolate cake you’ll have time to make. So don’t let these rainy days get you down; it just means more time inside to cuddle up with a blanket, a loved one, cake and of course a craft beer!
So wherever you are on this Memorial Day weekend, don’t forget a case of your favorite brewery’s craft beers. Make the most of this kickoff to a beautiful summer!

Star Wars Craft Beer Guide: What Would Chewbacca Drink?

May the 4th Be With You!

Who's got the next round_It’s May 4th and you know what that means! We are going to talk about my two favorite things in the entire Universe, craft beer and Star Wars. I woke up this morning and had the same thought that everyone has, “what beer would Chewie drink?”. I’d like to have some fun on this Monday morning and go through our favorite Star Wars characters and what beer they would likely order at the Mos Eisley Cantina. Feel free to weigh in with your opinion in the comments section, just please refrain from calling me a scruffy looking nerf herder…because that’s just mean.

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How to Get to Your Favorite Brewery [infographic]

The weather is getting warmer, the patio at your local taproom is buzzing with excited beer drinkers, shaking off the winter blues and feeling the first hints of summer madness. “How can I be a part of the action?” you ask? FCB has some suggestions on the best ways to bridge the gap between you and delicious, wonderful beer.

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4 Craft Beer Apps You Need Right Now!

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The Craft Beer industry now holds 11 percent market share of beer sold in the US. Last year, it held 7.8 percent. Future growth will come from Breweries and drinkers taking advantage of new technology, increasing communication, and remaining dedicated to the movement.  Armed with Smart Phones and a love for great beer, everyone now has a larger role to play in the success of Craft Breweries everywhere! These 4 apps are huge steps in the right direction.

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FCB Releases Hometown Helles for Opening Day

Fort Collins, Colo. – FCB (Fort Collins Brewery) is excited to pair beer with America’s favorite pastime, Major League Baseball. Hometown Helles, a limited release beer that was aged over Louisville Slugger maple bats releases Opening Day, April 6th.

IMG_20150216_082015554Hometown Helles was brewed with the help of Rocky Mountain High School Alumnus baseball standout and 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates draftee, Jess Amedee. Originally from Fort Collins, Amedee spent the day brewing with the FCB brew team to give the beer its hometown touch.

“I can’t say enough about the work that is being done and the quality that is put into each beverage. I thank the Fort Collins Brewery for the opportunity and lasting impression that has been made,” said Amedee.

The crack of a bat, a cheering crowd and a refreshing beer to top it off, Hometown Helles is a brew that’ll take you back to your old stomping grounds no matter where you are now. Pitched with traditional German Lager Yeast and aged over Louisville Slugger maple bats, Hometown Helles’ malt profile balanced with a touch of spicy hop characters makes for a standout addition to your spring lineup.

hometownhelles ABV: 5.3%
SRM: 5
IBU: 20

Hometown Helles is available in draft only at FCB Modern Tavern and a few select bars and restaurants in Colorado.

IMG_20150216_115553369       “Opening Day is an American tradition and we are thrilled to release an easy drinking craft beer in honor of baseball’s relaxing, yet always on the verge of a home run, culture,” said Kaylee Kulich, FCB’s Brand Manager. “Having Jess here to brew it with our team really made the beer special for us and tied it all together.”

Along with releasing Hometown Helles, FCB is also celebrating Opening Day with a grill out at FCB Modern Tavern, including house made Maibock Bratwursts. Team FCB apparel will be 10% off for the entirety of April 6th, 2015, valid on one item.

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern is a family-owned, handcrafted microbrewery and full service tavern in Northern Colorado, established in 2003. FCB offers an outstanding line up of 50 ales and lagers that can be found on tap as well as in bottles throughout the U.S. For more information, visit or call 970-472-1499. Brewery tours run daily! Create – Share – Savor